Beans & Spinach Recipe
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Beans & Spinach Recipe

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“One of our favorite appetizers at a local restaurant is made with white beans and escarole. It’s nearly impossible to find escarole where we live, so we subbed in baby spinach and were pleasantly surprised by the result. Enjoy!” Patrick and Helen Reddy - Wilmington, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 138 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute garlic in oil until tender. Remove garlic and discard. Add onions to pan; saute until crisp-tender.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Beans & Spinach in Healthy Cooking April/May 2010, p57

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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txoldham User ID: 2990723 107159
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I also add some red pepper flakes."

txoldham User ID: 2990723 146349
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I make this with kale instead of spinach. One of our favorite side dishes."

funcook12 User ID: 2581001 211568
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I dont really like spinach but love this recipe-I throw in a handful of walnuts to toast rite after i remove the garlic-yum!"

BerniceB. User ID: 2384751 120816
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"Just ok, needs more flavor"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 171254
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Very nice side dish! I rendered some bacon fat and sautéed the garlic and onions in it (so it wasn't a heart-healthy version). I love garlic, so I didn't discard it. I also love onions, but I found that 1 large onion was plenty. Will definitely make this again!"

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